THERE’S NOTHING QUITE SO ROMANTIC as the British countryside in winter. All that tramping through muddy leaves, followed by scones and jam in front of a crackling
fi re. But with such huge choice these days, deciding where to stay is the hard part. The British country hotel has undergone a renaissance in recent years, so much so that the typical chintzy, crumbling manor houses of yore have gone the way of the smoky pub and all but disappeared. Instead, there’s a new breed of country hotel that’s every bit as polished as its chic urban counterparts, and just as varied. For every rural retreat with a foothold in the past, channelling four posters and gorgeous antiques, there’s another offering the kind of designer gloss that wouldn’t look out of place on Bond Street. Whatever style you want, we’ve found a rural retreat that’s just right for you. All you have to do is
check in and relax.